Pope puts English on display for first time in South Korea

Aug 16, 2014

Pope puts English on display for first time in South Korea

Pope Francis usually refuses to speak anything other than Italian or his native Spanish in public, apparently uncomfortable with his abilities even when reading from a prepared text. But he has gamely ventured into uncharted linguistic territory during his South Korea visit, delivering a ...

Aug 14, 2014

'Vape,' 'binge-watch' added to Oxford Dictionaries

Britain’s Oxford University Press said Thursday it is adding the words “vaping” and “listicle” — along with other new entries, from “time-poor” to “Paleo diet” — to its online Oxford Dictionaries to reflect new language trends. Editors for the site track and analyze some ...

Aug 5, 2014

Scrabble players rejoice: game to get 5,000 new words

To Scrabble fanatics, big gifts sometimes come in small packages. The word “te” as a variant of “ti,” the seventh tone on the musical scale, is a hardworking little gem among 5,000 words added to “The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary,” out Aug. 11 from ...

Osaka bets big on TOEFL to boost English levels

| Jul 27, 2014

Osaka bets big on TOEFL to boost English levels

The Osaka Prefecture Board of Education is pushing through a raft of initiatives to shake up English-language education, chief among them the introduction of TOEFL at top-performing high schools, which will be taught by an elite group of teachers earning approximately ¥8 million a ...

Chimpanzee sign language translated

Jul 5, 2014

Chimpanzee sign language translated

Chimpanzees use their hands to say “follow me,” “stop that” or “take this,” according to new research seeking to translate the sophisticated messages flowing back and forth. Previous research had revealed that our nearest genetic relatives use gestures to communicate, prompting questions over whether ...

States laud bilingualism at graduation

Jun 29, 2014

States laud bilingualism at graduation

When Rachel Martinez-Regan graduated from her high school in western Oregon state this month, her diploma had a little something extra — an embossed seal certifying that she is bilingual. She is one of more than a dozen students at Corvallis High School who ...

L.A. mayor uses obscenity in lauding team's Stanley Cup win

Jun 17, 2014

L.A. mayor uses obscenity in lauding team's Stanley Cup win

Mayor Eric Garcetti used an obscenity in declaring it a big day for Los Angeles, bringing 19,000 ice hockey fans to their feet, lighting up the Twitterverse in delight and, oh yeah, leaving some folks scratching their heads, wondering just what the . . ...